Judge upholds dismissal of libel suit against man who called Pleasantville developer a criminal

June 14, 2018 01:58PM

A developer who sued a town official who called him a criminal has lost his case in court, the Westchester County Business Journal reported. After developer Peter Stolatis started demolishing a building on a historic property in Ossining without the Historic Preservation Commission’s approval in 2015, Miguel Hernandez — at the time a member of the commission — alerted the village, and the village forced Stolatis to stop. But Hernandez then posted photos of the site to two Ossining-centric Facebook pages — one of which was captioned “Peter Stolatis at the site of his crime.” Stolatis filed a libel suit against Hernandez, but a state appellate court upheld a judge’s dismissal of the suit. [WBJ]